That is a question I ask myself often. Many times it seems that way as the excitement builds getting to see animals and birds not often seen. In fact, I recently have seen quite a few birds new to me on birding trips, and yes, I was giddy.
Most of the birds were seen through my binoculars or borrowed scopes being so far away, like the Bald Eagles at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge.
This trip made me realize I cannot post many of the birds because the distance was too far for my lens, and all the photos do was prove I saw the eagles. I suppose if I waited patiently, birds might fly within range, but where I have been lately, the bird preserves are just too expansive.
The reality of wildlife photography is that wildlife does not sit around waiting for the photographer, nor does it necessarily come into range. That means the one taking pictures has a lot of sitting around to do.
I mentioned before I am a very impatient photographer and therefore don’t often get the shots of those that wait. Some of the wildlife photographers I follow wait for hours and hours for birds to fly in closer. Some photographers at the Refuge sat by the road waiting in lawn chairs. The preserve is mostly a drive thru experience, yet there were places to pull over to capture photos, just not always where you needed them though.
I think many would say I run across quite a lot of birds and animals in my travels, but the truth is, you only get what nature gives you. Sometimes things come together and most times they don’t.
The good wildlife photographers make it look so easy too, like they walk outside and there is a bird preening for the camera. But as anyone who does try to shoot wildlife knows, it is a tough subject to photograph and on top of that do it well.
The animals and birds are not always a willing subject, so that may take learning their behavior and how much the wildlife will tolerate.
So much depends on weather which is not always accommodating either.
Most times, especially if photographing in nature, you just have to take what you can get. And in that case the photos are all “tourist” and quite the snore.
So my question is… are YOU playing tourist with the images you post or do you make your photos happen with great planning? It goes for any type of photography too, even garden photos.
Next post takes me to Reinstein Woods in another photography post questioning, How Much Should We Show?, an important question too.
Next trip birding with the birders takes me to Braddock Bay. It is another birding hotspot and I hope to see more raptors there. Chances are we will see some of the birds in this post.